Paul Sheridan Collins

December 01, 1927 - April 28, 2021

Paul S Collins born and raised in Appalachia Virginia left his earthly body behind in exchange for his glorified body on April 28, 2021. He was an incredible storyteller whose stories about his life in the coal fields of extreme western Virginia and eastern Kentucky as a young boy captivated a rather large Facebook audience. He was the youngest of 7 true siblings (Earnest, John, Bertie, Ruby, Jeanette, Aileen). He was orphaned by the age of 14 and lived for a while with his sister Bertie, then his half-sister Emmy Carden and later on his brother Earnest in the Parrot area of Pulaski county where he learned of all the good fishing holes (he took us fishing frequently as little kids). He and his two brothers served during WW2, when he came back from his service in Japan, he went to work at the old Clover Creamery in Radford making ice cream. He married Geneva Dulaney and had 5 children of his own. Paul moved from a house in Radford that was getting way too small to a farmhouse and 27 acres in Floyd with his family in 1962. He would spend the rest of his life in that farmhouse raising his family with his devoted wife of 64 years. He worked for many years in the billboard industry first as a sign builder to eventual billboard salesman for 3M company, and Stafford Advertising after his departure from 3M company. His travels and time in clerk’s offices all around Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia led to a fascination with tracing ancestries long before the internet. He was known later in life for his work in genealogy and he was able to trace down many family histories for folks. People all over the country would call him for his information. He found several long-lost relatives for a number of people. He loved using his Ancestry web site and telling his stories on Facebook. Danny asked him recently what he thought the greatest thing he ever saw over his long lifetime, it yielded a surprising answer, Facebook. His wit and intelligence was impressive, his vocabulary was huge. He loved making simple homemade toys as his family couldn’t afford toys when he was growing up, he was an avid FCHS Buffalo fan. When we were children, he sang crazy songs to us growing up that he learned as a young boy in Appalachia. He loved collecting arrowheads in his midlife and over time garnered an impressive collection. He loved watching sports as his physical abilities declined and was good at picking the March Madness winners, he was a long time and active member of Riner Grace Brethren Church and loved his church family. He was preceded in death by his wife and all his siblings, he was the last living member of a very large family. What a reunion he will have. He is survived by his children Brenda Cook (Bill Cook), Barry Collins, Garry Collins (Donna Lovern), Cathy Collins, and Danny Collins (Donna Collins). His grandchildren, Bradley Quesenberry, Ginny Sculla, Ashley Pinto (Thisira Pinto), Haley Collins, Tony Cook (Carey Cook), Kevin Cook. Great grandchildren Dillan Hess, Will Cook, Mitch Cook, Kourtney Cook, Lexi Ockerman. We can’t forget “Scratch” the cat (all his cats were named Scratch). Coming from such a large family of brothers and sisters and half brothers and sisters, he had many nieces and nephews mainly in eastern Tennessee and Texas. He knew he was loved, we will miss having breakfast with him around that old kitchen table that we sat around for 60 years. The great storyteller has changed his address. We have peace knowing we will see him again. Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 1, 2021 at 11am at Gardner Funeral Home with Pastor Kenny Farley officiating. Interment will follow in White Rock Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at Gardner Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Floyd County Rescue squad. If you choose to come to the services, please wear a face mask inside of the facilities due to COVID-19.

Guest book

James & Honnie Surrett

Maynardville , TN
April 29, 2021

Loved him dearly


Buchanan, Va
April 29, 2021

You will be missed by many for your interesting stories. We all enjoyed your Face Book postings and will miss your trips to town and all your posts. I was one of many that actually got to meet you. You'll be greatly missed.

Becca Simkins Smith

Nashua NH
April 29, 2021

I “met” Paul about a year ago through Nicole Palsa and her genealogy. I am of the Dulaney decent. I’ve loved reading his stories and they made me smile where I’ve not met him in person I feel I’ve gotten to know him. I’m very sorry for your family’s loss his FB presence will be missed. Becca

Patsy H. East

Floyd, Va
April 29, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort at this very difficult time. He will be greatly missed.

Mark and Sue Custer

Vinton, Va.
April 29, 2021

Very sorry for your loss. He was a positive influence on all around him.

Todd D Gerbers

April 30, 2021

Prayers and Thoughts for Paul and his family.

Amy Adams

Christiansburg, VA
April 30, 2021

I never met Paul but loved reading this tribute. I know I would have liked him. Besides giving us Garry, who I do know, Our mutual interest in Genealogy would have been exciting especially with his stories. RIP, Paul.

ida bolt

April 30, 2021

sorry for your loss.I enjoyed talking to him and we all will miss him.My God be with you in this time of need. Lots of love and prayers. Ida Bolt and family


April 30, 2021


Jolee Crawford

May 01, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad will surely be missed. He was a jem, one of a kind, love by everyone that knew him. Praying for you all. Much love, Jolee

Compton Family

May 01, 2021

We are deeply sorry for your loss. May it bring comfort to know we are praying for you and family. With sympathy and caring thoughts, Nelcie, Chuck, Linda, Neal, Kim, Dylan and Drew

Linda blue

Roanoke, Va.
May 01, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss! Paul was a good man and will be missed by many. Praying for comfort for the family! He was my Great Great Uncle and I loved him very much!

Maryjo Roden

Murfeesboro TN
May 02, 2021

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved father! Beautiful memories will be with you all forever of many greatness he accomplished in his life. May you all find peace in your hearts during this difficult time.